What’s cooking good looking(s)? Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Allie Briggs, and I’ll be entering my junior year at Penn State University. With a primary major in Print Journalism (along with a double major in Spanish), writing has always been a passion of mine rivaled by very little. Well, very little other than fashion, of course. A newbie to the Style Guru staff, I’m over the moon for the opportunity to mingle my addiction to fashion with my affinity for writing into the perfect cocktail that is CollegeFashionista. To quote the legendary film Anchorman, “Drink it in, it always goes down smooth.”
From a young age, I’ve always had wide array of fashion muses. My mother, previously a buyer for Macy’s, opened my eyes to fashion and instilled in me a sense of classic, timeless style. Ever since, I would say I’ve grown into a fashion sponge of sorts, soaking in inspiration from everything around me, including history, music, art and bingo!—menswear.
So many of my favorite go-to looks stem from dapper dudes; laid back botanical prints and a pair of Ray-Bans from the quintessential surfer, Chuck Taylors and a varsity jacket from the classic eighties jock, beanies and a cheeky graphic tee from the rebellious skater boy. In fact, I’ll never forget the first time I snuck into my older brother’s closet to steal a (very) baggy flannel to rock down the middle school hallways, emulating pre-pubescent Kurt Cobain grunge. Admittedly, I still poke around in there from time to time to see what gems I may recover…(sorry, bro!).
Incorporating menswear into my personal wardrobe has taught me two very grown-up, very important things about fashion. It’s all very simple actually. First, break the rules. Second, have fun doing it, you wild child! Fashion should never inhibit or restrain you, but rather allow you to explore the depths of your creativity. In short, keep fashion fun!
That being said, menswear, or “guy style” as I like to call it, is an integral part of the fashion world that, unfortunately, rarely gets the attention it deserves. Luckily, that’s where I come in.
Reporting straight from Happy Valley, I’ll be filling your computer screens with all the hunky-goodness of Penn State’s best-dressed men in my weekly edition of LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS! Yeah, get ready to eat your heart out, world.
To say I’m thrilled for the opportunity to represent all you style-conscious dudes out there would be an understatement—because let’s face it: you guys just don’t get enough credit. Lost in the vast, gray sea of hoodies and basketball shorts is the modern day Fashionisto at a state university, but this semester it is my duty—rather my honor—to seek you all out and show you off to the world. THIS JUST IN: There really is life beyond sweats, evidence to follow! Tune in every Tuesday for inspiration and tips, and of course, a fresh dose immaculately dressed men.